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5.0 out of 5 stars More like a visual companion than artbook, 16 Jun 2013
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Parka (Singapore) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Art of Oz: The Great and Powerful (Paperback)
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The Art of Oz The Great and Powerful is more of a visual companion to the movie rather than an artbook. As an artbook, it falls short but as a visual companion it's wonderful.

The selected artworks included are mainly the concept art for the environment, basically the forests, China land and castles. There aren't a lot of artwork so it's disappointing, but of those included they are beautiful. I was expecting more artwork since the backdrop for the film is mainly computer generated. Surely there would be a lot more artworks to reference from. The magical land of Oz is also a highlight so the book feels lacking when it comes to showing how it's actually created.

Other pictures in the book are the indoor photos of the set, actors and behind the scenes.

The writeup is from Grant Curtis who has produced Sam Raimi's last six project. He also wrote The Spider-man Chronicles which is a book I like very much for the incredibly detailed production diary.

The Oz book covers in detail the production process, stuff like building the sets, integrating with computer graphics, creating the costumes, and more. They would talk about their references, such as getting inspiration for trees from the old Disney animated movies. Another interesting part is on how they manage to bring the China girl to life using a mixture of old school puppetry and computer graphics.

My other quibble is the book's spine. It doesn't seem strong enough for this 256-page paperback. Mine is showing signs of creasing on the spine.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not really an art book, more a detailed look behind the scenes, 4 April 2013
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I enjoyed the film, and so I went and added this art book to my ever growing library.

This 256 page book reads more like a production diary for the film than the art book it says it is though. It details the behind the scenes process of the making of the film, from the initial ideas of how they were going to produce the film, and what inspired them, to the sets, video effects and costumes, with comments from the cast and crew as well. And very detailed it is too - it does kind of remind me of the 'Prometheus: The Art Of The Film' companion book, which also focused more on the production than the art - and features lots of photos from the live sets, giving you a sense of what was really there and what was added later via CGI - hint; there is a lot of photos of blue screen, but it was interesting to note that they had stand in puppets of Finley the monkey bellhop and the China Doll that they later replaced with CGI too rather than the actors acting against nothing, or the classic tennis ball on a pole.

It's in the paperpack format, but that by no means diminishes the quality of this book. If you enjoy companion books to movies then you'll get a kick out of this book, more so if you enjoyed the film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oz Art., 15 July 2013
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Mr. G. C. Johnson "G Johnson" (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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As stated before elsewhere this is more like a production book than an artbook but still worth buying if you loved the film.
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